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Au Pair in America
For those seeking a perfect combination of childcare, study and travel

As an Au pair in America, you will live with your carefully selected host family in one of 180 cluster areas around the United States of America. A 'cluster' is the area where you live, and at the head of each cluster is a community counsellor who is there to ensure that both you and your host family are having a successful time together. Au pairs provide up to 45 hours of childcare per week in return for a minimum of US$195.75 weekly stipend in addition to room and board (or US$250 per week for Au Pair Extraordinaire). EduCare companions provide up to 30 hours per week in return for US$146.81 per week plus room and board.

As an equal member of your host family, you will have your own private room and all meals provided with your host family.  You will be a role model, friend and companion to your host children so a genuine love for children is important! With 2 weeks paid vacation and at least one full weekend off per month, you will have lots of free time to explore your local area and to travel to new and exciting places! You can go on trips with your friends, join an organized tour with Trek America, or just do it on your own!

One of the great things about being an au pair is the opportunity to study at an American college or  university. Your host family will provide you with a maximum annual study allowance of up to US$500 to study a course of your choice. The course you select will depend on the educational opportunities in your community and your work schedule. To meet the educational requirement, it may mean that you will need to supplement the education allowance with your own money, so take the time to plan carefully.

Living with an American host family as an Au Pair not only introduces you to American culture and lifestyle. You will get to know so many other cultures through the friends you make during your stay. You will be one of over 4000 au pairs from more than 60 countries who travel to America each year with Au Pair in America. A real cultural exchange experience! Become an Au pair in America - the meaningful way to experience a slice of life in the USA.


  • Are between the ages of 18 - 26 years old (you can apply whilst 17)
  • Have 200 hours of childcare experience (50 hours can be family related)
  • Have gained your experience within the last 3 years
  • Have a valid driving license and clean driving record (P-plates are fine)
  • Are a secondary school graduate or equivalent
  • Have a good standard of spoken English skills
  • Have never been convicted of a criminal offence
  • Are unmarried with no spouse or dependents
  • Want to spend a year living with an American family
  • If you are a returning au pair who has successfully completed a year in the USA we are happy to accept your application for a further experience


  • Return flights to the USA
  • 3-day training/orientation near New York (with optional NYC tour)
  • Medical insurance (upgrades available)
  • 24/7 support and advice from local staff
  • Application and visa assistance
  • Private bedroom 
  • All meals
  • A weekly stipend of a minimum of $195.75 USD*
  • US$500 study allowance towards classes
  • 2 weeks of paid vacation
  • Travel month at the end of your placement

* The minimum weekly stipend is calculated by the U.S. Department of State after accounting for costs associated with weekly room and board.  Host families and au pairs are free to agree to compensation higher than the legally applicable minimum.